‘Lizards’ In The Rain: Phish Restores The Faith In Hartford [Videos/Photos/Review]

first_imgSETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16 | Photos by Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images As if ever there was any doubt, Phish put their critics in line with what was, hands down, their best performance of summer 2016. Sometimes we need that one show, a special moment in time, to remind us fans just what it is they love about Phish. Last night was that show.It seemed that the SPAC run of shows were “fun,” an optimistic way of saying that any Phish is good Phish, but yeah, we’ve known better Phish. That sentiment was in the rear-view mirror after last night’s performance at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT. With a “YEM” that featured Page McConnell and Mike Gordon swapping instruments, flawless versions of Gamehendge classics “Tela” and “The Lizards,” and some major jams all in the same show, well, it reaffirmed the band’s true greatness. It was really a one-of-a-kind celebration.The show started modestly enough, with the third-ever and second “Pigtail” of the summer. The Trey Anastasio penned tune was a confusing start, never really taking hold with the audience, but “The Moma Dance” brought them right in it. It was no SPAC “Moma,” but it didn’t need to be. Tight and funky, the jam took off and never looked back.“Birds Of A Feather” kept that energy high and included a “They Attack” quote from “The Birds,” but it was really the song “Meat” that signaled the start of a special show. The Mike Gordon-led tune made its first funky appearance of the year, taking hold with its stop and go composition. The band kept the tour debuts coming with “Vultures,” yet another relative rarity played for the first time this year. The band executed the song to perfection, though somewhat awkwardly segued into “Free.” The “Free” jam was loose and rocking, getting into the groove before a unique coda section from Anastasio ended the song.The next song was the biggest bust out of the night, as Phish brought out “Let Me Lie” for the first time since August 10, 2010 (229 shows). The slower song made its first appearance with the Trey Anastasio Band, and Phish dabbled with it throughout the earliest days of the 3.0 era. It was fitting for the set’s cool down moment to be a major bust out highlight in its own right, and also fitting for its lyrical message.The set cruised on with great versions of “Halley’s Comet” and “Julius,” but it was the set closer that really wowed. For the first time in two years, Phish put their opus “You Enjoy Myself” in the first set. They really let the song breathe too, concluding the composed sections with an excellent and playful jam session, starting with Anastasio on the Marimba Lumina behind drummer Jon Fishman. With Anastasio plugging away, Gordon and McConnell switched instruments, allowing the keyboardist to stand before the crowd and rock on the bass. The jam eventually came to a gradual conclusion, ushering in a wild vocal jam to cap off the set.It’s worth mentioning that the skies threatened rain throughout this entire performance, with some speculating that the seemingly-longer-than-usual first set was a precaution against any incoming storms. While a light mist flowed in and out throughout the first set, the rain would remain a threat throughout the set break and second half of the show.Though Anastasio teased the opening chords to “Tela” upon first picking up his guitar, it was Gordon who brought in the opening notes of “Down With Disease.” This unfinished version was the improvisational highlight of the night, as Phish did what they do best: jammed. At times light and melodic, at times dark and energetic, the jam clocked in at a full 18-minutes and came to a natural conclusion. “Sand” picked things back up with some old fashioned funk, before the band brought out their first taste of Gamehendge for the night in “Tela.” The McConnell-led song was executed flawlessly, as fans looked on with bewilderment.The winds from beyond the mountain swept into “Carini,” as the raging rocker also signaled a gradual crescendo of precipitation. The “Carini” itself moved from its dark progression to a lighthearted jam, which in turn segued into “Twenty Years Later.” The Joy track kept the energy flowing, and the band and rain both picked up during an energetic “Run Like An Antelope.” Not much needs to be said about “Antelope;” it was its usual rocking self. The set closed with a beautiful version of “Backwards Down The Number Line,” a song that inspires mixed feelings from fans. With a moderate rain falling from the skies, this was quite a euphoric set-ender.As the rain continued to fall upon the lawn, Phish returned for an encore, bringing fans to their knees from the opening notes of “The Lizards.” An absolute fan favorite, the unexpected song was an absolutely perfect ending to a top tier performance. The song was played eloquently, as Anastasio confidently navigated the song’s wordy lyrics and final melody with ease. The rain fell through the song, but its presence only enhanced the experience, as if the weather was the “hose” manifested.To end the show, the band brought out their only cover of the night, a rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” Some fans are vocal about their lukewarm feelings toward “Loving Cup” encores–always a seemingly “safe” choice from the band. But after “The Lizards,” this particular cup went down just right, serving as a perfect exclamation point on a top-notch show.You can watch high quality crowd-shot footage from the show below via YouTube user LazyLightning55a:“Free”“Carini”“Tela”“The Lizards”“Loving Cup”SETLIST: Phish | XFINITY Theatre | Hartford, CT | 7/9/16Set 1: Pigtail, The Moma Dance, Birds of a Feather, Meat, Vultures > Free, Let Me Lie, Halley’s Comet > Julius, You Enjoy Myself[1]Set 2: Down with Disease[2] > Sand > Tela, Carini > Twenty Years Later > Run Like an Antelope > Backwards Down the Number LineEncore: The Lizards, Loving Cup[1] Trey on Marimba Lumina, Page on bass, Mike on keys for portion of the jam.[2] Unfinished.Notes: The Birds was quoted at the end of BOAF. Let Me Lie was last performed on August 10, 2010 (229 shows). Portions of the YEM jam featured Trey on Marimba Lumina, Mike on keys, and Page on bass. DWD was unfinished.[Photos courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography]As Phish gears up for their 13-night “Baker’s Dozen” run at Madison Square Garden later this month, Live For Live Music has put together an extensive schedule of late-night shows to keep the party going until the wee hours throughout the NYC residency. Check out our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the details.last_img read more

FDA releases software to help industry protect food supply

first_img The software program, called CARVER+Shock, was released on Jun 15 and is available for download on the FDA’s Web site, according to an FDA press release. The software was developed by the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) along with several collaborators, including Sandia National Laboratories, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Institute of Food Technologists, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, state officials, and industry representatives. “FDA’s goal in developing the CARVER+Shock software is to maximize protection of the American food supply,” said David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection, in the press release. Effect: What measurable losses in production would stem from an attack? Recuperability: How well could a system recover from an attack? “CARVER helps industry think like an attacker so that it can identify any weak spots and put countermeasures into place,” Kautter said. Accessibility: How easily could a terrorist access a target? Jun 15 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108934.htm Vulnerability: How easily could an attack be accomplished? The software itself doesn’t pose a security risk because the questions don’t reveal classified company information, Kautter said. However, he added that the assessment results should be considered sensitive information. Recognizability: How easily could a terrorist identify a target? Also, the tool incorporates a seventh attribute, the psychological or “shock” effects of an attack, the FDA statement said. For example, the psychological impact might be greater if a large number of deaths resulted or if the target had special historical or cultural significance. Jun 15 FDA consumer updatehttp://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/carvershock061107.html Before the CARVER+Shock software was released, food processors relied on face-to-face risk assessments with FDA and/or USDA representatives that typically took 2 to 3 days and required as many as 30 people to answer all the questions, Donald Kautter Jr., acting supervisor of the food defense oversight team at the FDA, said in an FDA consumer report on the new software. Jun 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a new software tool to make it easier and quicker for food industry facilities to assess their risk of attacks involving biological, chemical, or radiological weapons. The computerized assessment generally takes less than a day and requires the participation of a small team from the food facility, the FDA report said. The program takes employees through more than 100 questions about their facilities and processes to identify vulnerable areas and project what type of attack would be the greatest threat. “What we’ve done is taken that face-to-face interaction and put it into a software program so that the questions and discussion are posed by the computer,” Kautter said in the report. “This will give more companies access to the tool.” The software is designed for use by all components of the food industry, from growers to retailers. “CARVER” is an acronym representing risk-assessment attributes that have been adapted from the US military: FDA CARVER+Shock software sitehttp://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm094560.htm See also: The new risk assessment tool is part of the FDA’s broader food protection strategy and follows the 2006 launch of the ALERT initiative, which is designed to raise industry awareness of food defense and preparedness issues, the FDA said. The CARVER+Shock software builds on the awareness by allowing a more formal and detailed risk assessment. Criticality: How would an attack impact public health and the economy?last_img read more

Xtera Completes Interoperability Testing with Infinera

first_imgXtera, subsea fibre optic solutions provider, has completed interoperability testing with Infinera, a provider of intelligent transport networks.By connecting Infinera’s SLTE solution to an Xtera line system, the laboratory trial demonstrated the truly open nature of Xtera’s ‘Open System Gateway’ (OSG) product family.Compatibility, spectrum sharing and the capability of Xtera’s supervisory system to operate with the Infinera terminal were all proven through a series of subsea simulations and laboratory tests, the company said.“Today’s customers are looking for systems which combine the most advanced technology available; the move towards provision of disaggregated subsea solutions demonstrates this,” explains Keith Henderson, Xtera’s founder and chief executive officer. “The success of these interoperability tests will give customers comfort that selecting Xtera technology for their wet plant can provide them with a proven end-to-end solution using industry leading SLTE platforms.”“Infinera is continually enhancing our solutions to deliver the best capacity-reach performance, and we lead the way in Open SLTE solutions,” adds Scott Jackson, vice president, Subsea Business Group, Infinera. “Adding compatibility with Xtera’s advanced line systems further illustrates our commitment to Open Systems and shows how Open SLTEs can eliminate risk while delivering the best system solutions for our customers.”The tests included the transmission performance of Infinera’s XTS-3300 through Xtera’s wideband hybrid Raman-EDFA repeaters using 16-QAM modulation format. The trials demonstrated the ability of Xtera’s Virtual Fiber Gateway (VFG) to allow multiple vendors’ equipment to independently share spectrum and proved the resilience of XTS-3300 to strong Line Monitoring Equipment (LME) signals.last_img read more

Nichols hustles to IMCA record 558th career win

first_imgMike Nichols moved to the top of IMCA’s all-time wins list with his career 558th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win on Sept. 3 at Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus, Neb. He is pictured in victory lane with wife Anita. (Photo courtesy of Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway) COLUMBUS, Neb. – Mike Nichols couldn’t recall many of the details of his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win.He’ll remember everything about his latest. Nichols won for the 558th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career at Abe’s U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus, Neb., becoming IMCA’s all-time wins leader with the Sept. 3 checkers. It was the latest accomplishment for the most decorated driver of the sanctioning body’s modern era.“Everything you do is special in its own way,” said Nichols, now running for his ninth national championship. “Everything is its own accomplishment. When I’m in a nursing home years from now, this is something I’ll be able to talk about.”From Harlan, Iowa, Nichols has averaged better than 29 wins a season since 2002, with an IMCA record-tying 54 in 2016. He also owns more than 40 career track championships, another IMCA-best total, with at least one track title to his credit every season except one in the past 19 years.”“To be consistent for such a long time is remarkable, especially in a Stock Car, which I consider to be IMCA’s most competitive division,” he said. “Racing is really a team sport. I think about all the people who have helped me and all the things that have gone right over the years. It’s crazy.” A brief foray into the IMCA Modified class was rewarded with regional rookie of the year honors in 2000. Nichols’ decision to get back in a Stock Car has led to an unequalled two decades of success. His first national championship came in 2002. Nichols won the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions two years later and the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in 2017. Nichols started the 2020 season with 529 wins. He equaled the career mark of Modified legend David Murray Jr., who had reigned as IMCA’s career wins leader since the 2005 season, by topping the Connie Jewett Memorial show at Dawson County Raceway.Murray, a driver Nichols has long respected, was in attendance that evening and was among those offering post-race congratulations.“We have worked very hard for this. After getting the win, it was a good time for reflection,” said Nichols, who set the new record two days before is 43rd birthday. “It was almost surreal. We looked back and asked ourselves how the heck did we do this? It’s something that will look amazing on any racing resume.”last_img read more

University appoints new member to Board of Trustees

first_imgFounded in 1973, the LAA is one of the nation’s leading Latino alumni organizations. The association aims for the academic advancement of Latino students attending the University. Felix grew up in Pico Rivera and did not expect to pursue higher education. However, after a particular high school teacher urged him to apply to a few universities, Felix got into USC. He began his college career in 1979, earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Marshall School of Business.  After graduating from USC, he worked with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, a company that provides audit, tax, legal, financial and consulting services, in Los Angeles prior to finding success at aforementioned Capital Group Companies in 1987. In three decades, he rose to his current position as the global head of investment operations, USC News reported.   “He is very kind, very humble, very committed to USC above anything else,” said LAA executive director Mercy Willard. “The only other thing that he’s more committed to obviously is his family. But, he loves USC, and he loves giving back.” “[Felix is] definitely somebody that’s a good ambassador for USC, and someone you can count on,” Willard said. “I think that’s evident from the amount of time and resources that he devotes to his alma mater. He is definitely a die-hard Trojan and just a great human being.” Throughout his time at the association, he co-chaired its endowment campaign, raising almost $4 million for LAA’s scholarship program, Willard said. “Michael is going to be a great addition to the Board of Trustees, not only as a as a representative of the Latino community but just overall as an exemplary alumni,” Willard said. “He brings good perspective[s] on USC with the diversity lens that he represents but also as a savvy businessman and family man.”  “Michael Felix is an exceptional member of the Trojan Family with a remarkable history of service to the University,” Interim President Wanda Austin told USC News. “His dedication to his alma mater — coupled with his extraordinary financial expertise — make him a terrific addition to our board. His passion and experience will certainly prove invaluable.” Michael Felix was elected to the USC Board of Trustees following over 34 years working in financial services, the University announced.  Felix serves as the global head of investment operations for Capital Group Companies in addition to holding leadership positions at several other Capital Group subsidiary companies, according to the USC School of Dramatic Arts.   Photo from USC News Now as a trustee, Felix plans to continue his efforts in creating a more inclusive and diverse atmosphere, USC News reported. He hopes to ensure that students from underrepresented and diverse populations will take advantage of opportunities at USC. Accompanying his career success, Felix supported his alma mater throughout various volunteer roles, having held positions such as School of Dramatic Arts Board of Councilors chair, Caruso Catholic Center Advisory Board and Latino Alumni Association Corporate Advisory Councilmember, USC News stated. He has also taken part in several alumni groups, including his recent position as the 95th president of the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.last_img read more